Michigan Angus Breeders and Juniors recognized March 2 at St. Johns, Michigan

MAA Board

The Michigan Angus Association board of directors at the 2019 Michigan Angus Banquet held in March. Seated L to R: Lisa Bohlen, Pleasant Ridge, treasurer; Dan Vaassen, Ann Arbor, vice president; Bob Zellmer, Nashville, president; and Ken Geuns, Bath, chairman of the board. Standing L to R: Directors Melissa Hutchings Kenyon, Bellevue; Paige Tuggle, Ithaca; Chris Pranger, Corunna, IN; Nancy Thelen, Saline; Jeremy Kosal, Deckerville; and Steve Thelen, Saline. Not pictured is Grace Boehmer, Olivet, secretary; Evan Boehmer, Olivet; Monte Bordner, Sturgis; Paul Dawson, Hanover; Charles Mann, Imlay City; Kent Nickolaus, Addison; and Aaron Phelps, Cedar Springs.

MI A Aux

Elected as 2019 officers and committee chairs of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary at the Michigan Angus Banquet held in March were, L to R: Lori Pillars, Martin, historian; Nancy Thelen, Saline, vice president and awards chair; Rachael Vaassen, Saline, president; Sharon Vaassen, Ann Arbor, secretary-treasurer; Ricka Boehmer, Niles, Miss Michigan Angus chair; and Janel Horrocks-Boehmer, Williamston, scholarship chair, Not pictured is Julie Thelen Conover, immediate past president.

MI A Royalty

These young ladies were recognized at the Michigan Angus Awards Banquet as Michigan Angus royalty. Pictured from left are Jaycie Brown, Pinckney, 2018 Miss Michigan Angus; and Kinsee Lettinga, Wayland, 2019 Miss Michigan Angus.

premier breeders

These junior members were named Michigan Junior Angus Association Premier Breeders during the 2019 Michigan Angus Association Awards Banquet held March 2 in St. Johns. Pictured from left are Amanda Kosal, Deckerville, first place Premier Breeder; Justin Stoll, Grand Ledge, second overall; and Blake Pillars, Martin, third overall. Austin Pillars from Martin placed fourth.

premier exhibitors

These junior members were named Michigan Junior Angus Association Premier Exhibitors during the 2019 Michigan Angus Association Awards Banquet held March 2 in St. Johns. Pictured from left are Drew George, Niles, first place Premier Exhibitor; Justin Stoll, Grand Ledge, second overall; Blake Pillars, Martin, third overall; and Amanda Kosal, Deckerville, fourth overall. Austin Pillars from Martin placed fifth.

certificate of achievement

These young Angus enthusiasts received the Certificate of Achievement award presented by the American Angus Auxiliary. Pictured from left in front row are Kinsee Lettinga, Wayland, Thea Zellmer, Nashville; Amanda Kosal, Deckerville; and Jaycie Brown, Pinckney. Second row are Drew George, Niles; Blake Pillars, Martin; Kristopher Kosal, Deckerville; and Justin Stoll, Grand Ledge. Not available for the photo were Delaney Bates, Sebewaing; Hunter Brown, Kingston; Kavina Johnson Quincy; Matthew MacMaster, Harrisville; Lindsey Mogg, Sumner; Austin Pillars, Martin; Jack Reid, Eaton Rapids; Maggie Reid, Eaton Rapids; Jason Zeilke, Coloma; and Braydon Zellmer and Paige Zellmer, Nashville.

heritage award

The 2019 Michigan Angus Association Heritage Award was presented to Dan and Sharon Vaassen from Ann Arbor. They were recognized during the Michigan Angus Association banquet in St. Johns. Presenting the award are Merle Boehmer and Janel Horrocks-Boehmer from Williamston, pictured with Sharon and Dan Vaassen.

MJAA Adult appreciation

Lori Pillars from Martin, received the Michigan Junior Angus Association (MJAA) Adult Appreciation Award. Pictured are Michigan Junior Angus members Drew George, Blake Pillars, Kinsee Lettinga, Jaycie Brown, award recipient Lori Pillars, Amanda Kosal, Kris Kosal and Justin Stoll.

MJAA Board

The 2018-19 Michigan Junior Angus Association officers and directors present at the Michigan Angus Banquet held in March in St. Johns included L to R seated: Blake Pillars, Martin, awards chair; Kinsee Lettinga, Wayland, treasurer; Jaycie Brown, Pinckney, secretary; and Amanda Kosal, Deckerville, president. Standing are: Thea Zellmer, Nashville, director and representative to Michigan Angus; Kristopher Kosal, Deckerville, director; Drew George, Niles, director; and Justin Stoll, Grand Ledge, director. Not pictured were Jack Reid, Eaton Rapids, vice president; Kavina Johnson, Quincy, historian; Austin Pillars, Martin, director; Maggie Reid, Eaton Rapids, director; Paige Zellmer, Nashville, director and Braydon Zellmer, Nashville, director.

MJAA Outstanding Junior

Blake Pillars from Martin was recognized with the Michigan Junior Angus Association Outstanding Junior Member award at the 2019 Michigan Angus Association banquet. Not pictured is the Outstanding Senior Member, Austin Pillars from Martin.

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